• i think its very true, although very outdated. mine would be spare the bold chair, spoil the child
  • There's a lot of truth to it. The parents I know who don't believe in spanking aren't any good at any other type discipline either. There's a world of spoiled kids out there. You don't reason with a small child. They run in the road, you spank them. Like Pavlov's response, you hope they will associate running in the road with an instant spanking.
  • yes, I agree, we should definitely spare the rod and spoil the child!
  • No I'm glad Im not spoiled. I didnt like my parents discipline tyle but and glad Im not soiled. that would mean I wouldnt be able to do anything by myself.
  • If you are talking physical punishment I don't believe it is necessary.
  • I think if you want to raise a convict the go for it! My ex was spoiled and he is not a good person. I believe that structure for your childrent will dothem nothing but good!
  • that the older the child, the less effective the rod. punishment should be reserved for kids too young to be reasoned with. because a kid who UNDERSTANDS his mistake is much less likely to repeat it... (above a certain age, that it)
  • I disagree about spoiling your child. In my opinion, discipline is necessary. The parents must define a clear line of "right" and "wrong" and try to stick to it as best as they can. Flexibilities are reasonable depending on the situation. If all you do is spoil your child and don't discipline him or her at all, you'll most likely just wind up with a spoiled brat nobody likes or wants to be around. Not only that, he or she might never learn how to do things on his or her own. For example, a child who grows up and still needs his or her hand held crossing the street, still needs help going to the store, etc. Will he or she ever learn to think for himself/herself? I am 19 years old and I am just now learning things I wish I learned how to do long ago on my own. People have bought things for me or come with me to the store and paid for things for me. In my own little way, I have been spoiled. I am just now learning things I never bothered to learn before....and it's rather difficult and even frustrating sometimes. So yeah... don't spoil your children if you want them to be able to cope in the adult world!
  • Way too abused in some "Christian" circles.
  • I believe it to be true. while on my mission I was welcomed into peoples homes with a partialy shared identity of the past missionaries... which means the novelty of us being there was long gone so the family behaved as they normaly would without guests. the older children of parents who didn't threaten spanking (or with whom it was clearly an empty threat) on their younger kids were the worst, most selfish children. want more evidence? watch the baby borrowers teenager episode. one child was extremely disrespectful, rude, and quite out of control. his mom insisted he was well behaved and you discipline is not needed, only love... while she denied it on the cameras, the kid was just as rude to her proving her wrong.
  • it is true
  • I think that at this time and era.... If you use the rod, you go to jail... Parents rights have diminished and children can report you for even spanking them.. Use caution with corporal punishment in this day and age....
  • I think "tough love" is a euphemism neo-cons and raving christers use for "child abuse."
  • Hitting children is for lazy parents. It's fast, convenient and fills the child with fear. A time out is much more effective in stopping bad behavior while preserving a child's self esteem. It is important that the child experience unpleasant consequences for bad behavior, but this does not need to be a beating. Consistency and confrontation in parenting is a much more effective solution.
  • When you understand that the meaning of the word is the rod of discipline and doesn't have to mean a literal rod, I think it's dead on accurate. People who received little discipline when young do usually grow up spoiled and selfish.
  • In this age of 911 You just may have to spoil the rod and save the child or go to jail.
  • It's an example that a saying doesn't have to be right to be a saying.
  • Children should never be hit period
  • I think of it as a true & correct fact.
  • All it means is, "If you don't punish your child for wrong-doings, he will be spoiled." It's just a matter of everyday life. In trying not to offend or hurt their children, people let them spoil.
  • The "rod" in question is a shepherd's staff, an instrument used to guide and point the sheep, not beat them. If you don't guide, direct and discipline your child, how would you expect them to turn out?
  • The "rod" in question is a shepherd's staff, used to guide and direct sheep, not beat them. If you don't guide and direct your child, how would you expect them to grow up to be decent, responsible, morale and upright human beings?
  • I pretty much go along with what everyone else stated here but will add..........My parents both loving and devoted to us kids directed and guided us and yet they were not shy about using the palm of their hand to our ass we screwed up royal...............
  • I believe that a slap on the butt , now and then won't kill or injure anyone ... However; a belt, paddle, yardstick .... for paddloing is not necesssary as it only teached kids that VIOLENCE solves all of the problems ... So; keep the rod put away ....
  • The concept of this is true yet it is one of the most inaccurate scriptures quoted. The 'spare the rod, spoil the child' verse is not in the bible. What it does say is: Prov 13:24: "He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes (diligently)." Prov 19:18: "Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying." Prov 22:15: "Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him." Prov 23:13: "Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die." Prov 23:14: "Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell Prov 29:15: "The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame."
  • Very true!
  • As long as you use the rod for the right reasons... Why should a child be kicked around for being incapable of solving Algebra equations...???

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